LetterPress Chocolate in Los Angeles
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LetterPress Chocolate is opening a shop

Husband-and-wife team Corey and David Menkes just opened their LetterPress Chocolate retail shop in Los Angeles’ Beverlywood neighborhood though they’ve been making their bars at the Robertson Boulevard location for a while now.

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The couple behind LetterPress Chocolate make their own chocolate bars from raw beans.

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The Letterpress storefront is paneled with reclaimed pallet wood.

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LetterPress’ chocolate bars are wrapped by hand and decorated with wrappers that co-owner David Menkes designed using a 1920s-era South American air mail stamp as a prototype.

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LetterPress co-owner Corey Menkes picks cracked beans from the Ghana batch for the store’s chocolate bars.

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Churning at the LetterPress store is a chocolate from Ghana being tested by David Menkes.

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LetterPress co-owner David Menkes puts the Ghana chocolate onto a particle distributor.

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LetterPress makes chocolate from start to finish by hand and its whole operation is on display at the store on Robertson Boulevard.

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LetterPress’ David Menkes puts Ghana chocolate onto a micrometer to see whether the chocolate is ready to pulp.

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LetterPress Chocolate also sells small-batch cold brews.

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David and Corey Menkes make 4,000 chocolate bars a month from start to finish on the premises of LetterPress in Los Angeles.

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A handout at LetterPress Chocolate explains the store’s bean-to-bar process.

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